Frankie Stevens performed in the club circuit in New Zealand and Australia and then went on to England where he performed at Talk of the Town, The Albert Hall and the Palladium. He performed his own cabaret show touring throughout Europe.
He knew from an early age that singing was going to be his career, commencing when he sang with the school band in Upper Hutt at the age of thirteen. His professional career began at the age of 16 when he moved to Sydney, Australia to join a group called “Peter Nelson and the Castaways”
The group recorded several songs with Frankie with minor success, and after a couple of years of touring Australia and New Zealand; he left the group to try his luck as a solo artist. During this period he recorded a number of successful songs, one song in particular “My Elusive Dreams” became a major New Zealand hit. It held the No.1 spot on the charts for 3 weeks and managed to stay in the top 20 for 2 months.
Frankie has represented New Zealand and England in several European Song Contests. He won a Silver Prize at the second Tokyo Music Festival with a song called Sandy Sandy, a bronze and a gold at Caracas at the Golden Orpheus Song Festival in Bulgaria. He was also the first singer outside the Eastern block to gain this honour.
Frankie was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours list of 2004/2005 for services to entertainment.
Frankie appeared for 32 weeks at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas and went from there to The Lounge at the MGM Grand Hotel. He has appeared and toured with various international stars such as Olivia Newton-John, Shirley Bassey, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Junior, Jack Jones and Val Doonican. He had his own show at the Nassau Beach Hotel in the Bahamas and in San Juan, Puerto Rico for several months.
He appeared at the Monarch Room in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Hawaii for a nine month contract. During this time he gained acting experience in both television and a James Bond movie.
In live theatre he appeared in Harry M Miller's hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar in New Zealand and Australia.
In 1998 he was invited to join the New Zealand Millennium Office (NZMO) as their events coordinator for the upcoming millennium celebrations. This office was responsible for ensuring that NZ received maximum exposure from all the Government sponsored events before, during and after the year 2000.
Frankie has also owned and operated his own entertainment venue in Wellington performing nightly shows.
After returning from Australia Frankie appeared in various Television and live performances.
Frankie has also hosted the “Miss New Zealand Show” on four separate occasions as Master of Ceremonies as well as the Governor Generals Waitangi Day Celebrations at Government House.
Between 1997 & 2000 he was employed by the New Zealand Millennium Office (NZMO) his role was to assess and recommend to “The Towards 2000 Taskforce” events that met the criteria of the Governments Millennium Celebrations.
A selected few events were then funded by the “Taskforce” and became part of the official New Zealand Millennium Programme. Part of his responsibility was to ensure that the Millennium broadcast reflected New Zealand’s values and culture as the first country in the world to see the sun!
Since then he has event managed or been involved with many large and small events such as Aotearoa National Maori Rugby League Tournament, Queenstown Winter Festival (with Air New Zealand) Frankie also works with Avenues Event Management one of New Zealand’s top event management companies.
Stage and Television
As an Actor Frankie has acted in some of the following NZ Television Series: Hercules, Swiss Family Robinson, Lawless and the Jono & Ben Show.
In 2002 Frankie appeared in one of the biggest movies of 2003 Matrix 2.
2004 saw Frankie involved as one of the Judges on the most successful TV entertainment show of the year, NZ Idol, he reprised that role in 2005/06.
2005 saw Frankie honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in the New Years Honors List; he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
From 2005 through 2008 Frankie Stevens has continued to be involved in the events and entertainment industries, in the corporate world as a performer and MC and as an actor in local productions, he has also been involved as an organizer and MC with International Netball and sang at the Rugby League World Cup Final in Australia.
He was also instrumental in putting together one of the most successful Television events of 2008, “To Sir with Love” a 2 hour musical tribute to one of New Zealand’s favorite musical sons, Sir Howard Morrison.
2009 saw Frankie performing in Canada, Malaysia, Australia, Fiji, and of course throughout New Zealand. 2009 has also seen a CD called “Frankie Stevens, the Singles Collection” released in New Zealand.
In 2010 he continued to globe trot culminating in hosting The NARTA Conference on a private cruise ship called the Seaborne Spirit off the coast of Italy.
2011 has seen him travel to Fiji and Australia; he also along with Jackie Clarke hosted a major fundraiser in Singapore for the Prime Ministers Christchurch earthquake fund as well as performing throughout NZ. Stevens will once again be involved with the Coca Cola Christmas in the Park concerts in Christchurch and Auckland.
In 2012- 2015 Frankie continued traveling to different parts of the World entertaining as well as acting as a corporate MC for many International corporates. He is also a NZ Trustee of Hands Across the Water New Zealand a charity that was established by Australian Peter Baines in aid of the children of Thailand who lost their loved ones in the 2004 Tsunami.
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